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Permanent Makeup VS Tattoo: What’s The Difference?

Permanent makeup has started getting more popular in the past few years, but tattoos have been around seemingly forever. While both techniques use cartridges of colored pigments that are pierced into the skin to give long-lasting results, there are significant differences between them.

Here’s all you need to know before getting a PMU machine for sale online:

Different equipment

Permanent makeup and tattoo equipment are used in different ways. Some of the most common tattoo machines include coil tattoo machines, wireless tattoo pens, and motor tattoo machines. There are two kinds of tattoo needles—the one-piece and traditional needles, usually around 0.30-0.35mm thick.

Permanent makeup tools include eyebrow tattoo machines and embroidery tattoo pens. This technique involves pigment application through rotary machines with thinner needles since they’re a lot more precise. Their thickness ranges from 0.20-0.28mm and can break more easily with pressure.

Pigments vs tattoo ink

Permanent makeup usually uses a variety of black and brown shades, with a plant-based pigment used to redden the lips. However, these small color particles tend to be metabolized by the human body and need to be re-injected every few months.

Tattoo ink is injected directly into the skin and is available in many different colors and shades. The process is virtually irreversible since the pigment particles are larger, and it’s hard to remove a tattoo even with high-tech laser removal processes.

Durability and healing

Tattoos can take around 2-3 weeks to heal, while microblading can take around a week. This is because the permanent makeup procedure is a lot less invasive—the pigment is only injected onto the upper layer of the skin, at around 1/3rd of the depth of a tattoo. It’s important to check for any redness, swelling, or rashes either way.

Permanent makeup pigments are specifically designed to soften and fade over time; however, high-quality pigments can last a lot longer, especially with frequent retouching.

What should you get?

While certain permanent makeup procedures tend to look like tattooing, they don’t share many similarities. Tattoo artists use larger needles that penetrate deeper than what cosmetic technicians use. Tattoos are deposited on the subcutaneous level of the skin, while permanent makeup lies below the epidermis. The kind of procedure that you should get depends on the result that you want!

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Looking for a tattoo gun for beginners?

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